Ponyo (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Hayao Miyazaki

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Ponyo: On the Cliff by the Sea Blu-RayManufacturer: DisneyA young boy named Sosuke rescues a goldfish named Ponyo, and they embark on a fantastic journey of friendship and discovery before Ponyo's father, a powerful sorcerer, forces her to return to her home in the sea. But Ponyo's desire to be human upsets the delicate balance of nature and triggers a gigantic storm. Only Ponyo's mother, a beautiful sea goddess, can restore nature's balance and make Ponyo's dreams come true.Special Features: World of Ghibli - An Extraordinary Interactive Experience, Enter the Lands - Meet the Characters and Hear the Story of the Movie, Behind the Studio - Discover the Film's Inspiration Through Documentaries Including All-New Interviews with Hayao Miyazaki, Meet Ponyo - Introduction by the Producers, Storyboard Presentation of the Movie.Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles, Spanish subtitles, French subtitles.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 213580406
UPC 786936791761
UPC 14 00786936791761
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/17/2015
Rating Rating
Animated Characters
Animated Worlds
Fairy Tale
Family (General)
Theatrical Release
Young Love
Editors Note
Note Fans of Hayao Miyzaki's stunning animation can rejoice since the Japanese master still hasn't made good on his promises to retire. In this film, the story of "The Little Mermaid" is brought to modern-day Japan, where a small fish named Ponyo wants to live with a five-year-old boy named Sosuke.
Premiere "Hayao Miyazaki's latest masterpiece, a delightfully sweet, extraordinarily imaginative LITTLE MERMAID-esque children's fantasy." 09/12/2008
A.V. Club "[O]lder kids and even adults are unlikely to get bored, thanks to the story's unforced sweetness, giddy highs, and stunningly beautiful visuals." -- Grade: A 08/13/2009
Entertainment Weekly "[A]n emotionally profound, visually thrilling animated reimagining of the classic fairy tale THE LITTLE MERMAID..." -- Grade: A 08/21/2009
USA Today 3.5 stars out of 4 -- ?With its ever shifting world and palpable sense of magic, PONYO captures the wonder of being a child....Miyaki is a master at interweaving reality and fantasy.? 08/14/2009
Los Angeles Times "PONYO begins not with the ordinary but with an extraordinary vision of a dazzling undersea world that is rich with visual wonders..." 08/14/2009
Chicago Sun-Times 4 stars out of 4 -- "This poetic, visually breathtaking work by the greatest of all animators has such deep charm that adults and children will both be touched." 08/13/2009 ,Included in Chicago Sun-Times's "The Ten Best Animated Films Of 2009" -- "The word to describe PONYO, is magical." 12/24/2009
Wall Street Journal "[I]ts themes -- the relationships between parent and child, between the young and the elderly, between friends, between man and nature -- are large and fully realized." 08/14/2009
New York Times "PONYO is the latest masterwork from Mr. Miyazaki....[The film] shares thematic and visual similarities with his earlier work, notably its emphasis on the natural world, its tumults and fragility." 08/19/2009
Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[T]he delicate colors and hand-drawn, proudly 2-D images are breathtaking....Miyazaki works marvels." 09/03/2009
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "With its pastel palette and loose line-work, Ponyo's handmade look fits the film's child-like spirit like a mitten." 01/26/2009
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "There's a edgy beauty that sticks in the mind, most of all in the sequence where Miyazaki unleashes a raging tsunami on the Japanese shore." 02/05/2010
Sight and Sound "The bravura animation, showing the massive magic waves crashing explosively against a coastal road, conveys the might of nature better than any dialogue." 03/01/2010
Hayao Miyazaki
Cast & Crew
Joe Hisaishi - Composer
Cate Blanchett - Voice
Noah Cyrus - Voice
Matt Damon - Voice
Tina Fey - Voice
Frankie Jonas - Voice
Cloris Leachman - Voice
Lily Tomlin - Voice
Betty White - Voice
John Lasseter - Additional Directing
Brad Lewis - Additional Directing
Peter Sohn - Additional Directing
Kathleen Kennedy - Producer
Frank Marshall - Producer
Steve Alpert - Producer
John Lasseter - Executive Producer
Hayao Miyazaki - Executive Producer
Melissa Mathison - Screenplay
Hayao Miyazaki - Screenwriter
Toshio Suzuki - Producer
Hayao Miyazaki - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
UPC 00786936791761
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 103 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review There is a word to describe Ponyo, and that word is magical. This poetic, visually breathtaking work by the greatest of all animators has such deep charm that adults and children will both be touched. It?s wonderful and never even seems to try: It unfolds fantastically...The G-rated feature tells a story both simple and profound. Sosuke, a 5-year-old who lives in a house on a seaside cliff, finds a goldfish trapped in a jar on the beach. This is Ponyo. Freeing her, he is rewarded by a lick on a finger that heals a cut. And by tasting human blood, we learn, Ponyo gains the ability to transform between fish and human...The film opens with a spellbinding, wordless sequence beneath the sea, showing floating jellyfish and scampering bottom-dwellers. The pastels of this scene make Ponyo one of the very rare movies where I want to sit in the front row, to drown in it. This is more than ?artistry.? It is art...This begins a friendship. Sosuke (the voice of Frankie Jonas, younger brother of the Jonas Brothers) protects Ponyo (Noah Cyrus, Miley?s kid sister) in a pail until arms and legs pop spontaneously from her body and she becomes a little girl who speaks his language. He takes her to school and to the nursing home next door where his father works; all is wonderful until we discover that by crossing the divide between land and sea, Ponyo has triggered ecological changes that unleash a dangerous tsunami that floods Sosuke?s village right up to the doorstep of his house...This begins an exciting escape in a toy boat that Ponyo magically enlarges, and a dreamlike journey among flooded treetops in search of Sosuke?s mother. From the surface, they can see giant prehistoric fish, awakened by the great wave, which cruise the highways his mother once drove...Miyazaki is the Japanese creator of My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Howl?s Moving Castle and many other beloved films. Already I have heard from a few people who don?t want to see it ?because it?s Japanese.? This is solid-gold ignorance. ?Is it only dubbed?? I was asked. You dummy! All animated films are dubbed! Little Nemo can?t really speak!...Miyazaki is known as the god of American animators, and Disney has supplied Ponyo with an A-list cast of vocal talents, also including Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon and Tina Fey. The English-language version has been adapted by John Lasseter (Toy Story, Cars) and, believe me, he did it for love, not money. There are so few movies that can delight both a small child and the adult in the next seat. Here is one of them.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review When Disney released its take on Hans Christian Andersen?s short story The Little Mermaid back in 1989, some purists griped that in excising most of the story?s agony and tragedy, Disney lost the story?s heart. Those purists won?t be any more comfortable with Ponyo, another animated take on the story, this time from Japanese writer-director Hayao Miyazaki. It?s aimed at particularly young audiences -- in the Miyazaki oeuvre, it?s much closer to My Neighbor Totoro than Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke -- and it barely has conflict, let alone a sense of menace or threat. It?s essentially a stroll through a fantastically detailed pastel world, in which the plot is little more than an excuse for Miyazaki to dive into a world teeming with colorful (and sometimes prehistoric) life...While the story is modeled on a traditional fairy tale and a traditional love story, it?s more primal than it looks. In keeping with Miyazaki?s usual motifs, Ponyo?s attachment to Sosuke is an unthinking force, as avid and single-minded as the decapitated forest spirit in Princess Mononoke, or the crazed, murderous Ohmu in Miyazaki?s Nausica? Of The Valley Of The Wind. Miyazaki never lets viewers forget that Ponyo is human-shaped but not actually human; her shape shifts and dissolves back toward fish-dom whenever she exerts her magical powers. In this and other things, the story operates on a fluid dream-logic, or the storytelling logic of a very small child: Events melt into each other without urgency, and a simple act like making and drinking tea is treated with the same complacent, wondrous gravity as magic that calls wave-monsters into being. Even so, older kids and even adults are unlikely to get bored, thanks to the story?s unforced sweetness, giddy highs, and stunningly beautiful visuals. Even in the unspoiled Devonian, real life never looked this good.
Reviewer Tasha Robinson
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Age Range 3-4 years / 5-7 years / 8-11 years / 12-14 years / 15 & up
Safety Warning Choking Hazard Small Parts
Video Format Blu-Ray
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly Don't tell Walt Disney, but Director Hayao Miyazaki really holds the keys to the magic kingdom.
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun Best of all, Ponyo never ceases to be a genuine odyssey in short pants.
Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter It is a work of great fantasy and charm that will delight children ages 3 to 100

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